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Small grassfire near YVEA cuts power in Craig on Monday

A firefighter works to extinguish flames from a grass fire, which erupted about 6:30 p.m. Monday along U.S. Highway 40, near Yampa Valley Electric Association's Craig offices.

CRAIG — A grass fire broke out on U.S. Highway 40 early Monday evening. Firefighters quickly extinguished the small blaze, but not before it interrupted power to many parts of Craig for about two hours.

The fire sparked up in grass at the highway’s southern shoulder near mile marker 93, just across from Yampa Valley Electric Association’s Craig offices.

The fire was initially reported about 6:30 p.m.

Telephone calls to YVEA seeking comment were not immediately returned, however YVEA did respond to a Facebook message, confirming the fire and the outage were related and that power had been restored about 8:35 p.m.

Agencies responding to the blaze included Moffat County Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, and Craig Police Department.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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